Richard E. Smalley's Energy Vision
the bridge to a sustainable, affordable, and secure energy
We lead the world in solving humanity’s most pressing problems through the application of nanotechnology. Our mission is to actively support and promote researchers using nanotechnology to tackle civilization’s grand challenges – energy, water, environment, disease, education – by providing experienced and knowledgeable leadership, a solid administrative framework, world-class scientific infrastructure, and productive community, industry, and government relations.
Goals for the Next 10 Years:
Double the value of the scientific infrastructure
Launch a Nanotechnology for Energy Center
Launch a K-∞ NanoEducation Center
Quadruple the Smalley-Curl innovation fund
Triple membership in the NanoFANS, Smalley Student Society, and Corporate Affiliates programs
Provide endowed Smalley Institute faculty chairs, post-doctoral fellowships, graduate student scholarships, and undergraduate research
Energy Vision was The Distributed Storage-Generation Grid. He saw our energy system evolving to the
point where energy is transported as electricity over wires rather than
physical transportation of coal, oil, etc. This Distributed Energy Grid
allows for multiple energy inputs like massive solar or wind farms down to
local energy generation through solar cells on rooftops.
transportation over long distances via copper wire is not possible. Too
much energy is lost to thermal thermal expansion. Professor Smalley's
answer was to replace all the copper wiring with wires made of armchair carbon nanotubes, the Armchair Quantum Wire (AQW).